Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has run out of patience with Spanish giants Barcelona this summer as the Catalans continue their interest in veteran Spain international defender Cesar Azpilisota.
Barcelona coach Xavi has long admired the 32-year-old as a viable summer target in the summer window as Camp Nou intends to continue spending freely despite mounting financial concerns, with Azpilicueta one of the cadres of defensive reinforcements that could wind up over Spain’s east coast.
But Tuchel has been frustrated with Barcelona, who have yet to meet the assessment set by Chelsea amid the Germans’ desire to strike a balance between finding a suitable agreement that satisfies the Blues and the player alike.
Quotes from transfer insider Fabrizio Romano shed light on the situation, with Tuchel becoming impatient with the Spanish side over time.
– Fabrizio Romano July 22 2022
Follow up. “Maybe I’m a little upset with Barcelona. But I’m doing my best for Chelsea. I said that to Azpilicueta, he doesn’t like it – but he understands. It’s hard for him because the other club [Barça] permanently upon it.”
There is still a way out for Azpilicueta, with Chelsea on the brink of signing France international defender Jules Conde from Sevilla.
Given that the Spaniard has often been used as a right-sided centre-back as part of Tuchel’s preference in three defences, the acquisition of Conde, combined with Kalidou Koulibaly’s deal, would bring down the Blues captain, former Olympique de Marseille and CA Osasuna. Defenders down the order of click.
And given the need for the Blues to continue to shed a handful of names in order to balance what is a top team currently awash, it is possible that conditions will eventually be set that will end an impressive ten-year spell in London. .
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